Research & News

TAM Programs Rank Among the Top in the Nation

Posted: Jan. 22, 2019

Textile and Apparel Management


#7 out of 47 programs in the nation and #1 in the state of Missouri

College Factual ranks programs offered by 4-year U.S. Colleges and Universities and recently updated their 2019 rankings.

college factual top 15% in textile studies

#16 by Fashionista

Fashionista's 2018 fashion school rankings place TAM in the top 25 at #16. Rankings were assigned based on tuition, famous and successfully placed alumni, and student/alumni feedback.

Apparel Marketing and Merchandising Program


TOP 10% RANKING compiles a list each year of the top Fashion Merchandising Schools and Colleges in the United States. Rankings are based on factors like the schools’ admission data, graduation success, reputation and an extensive proprietary survey conducted with school & industry stakeholders.

2018 International Textile and Apparel Association Awards

Posted: Nov. 15, 2018

MU HES TAM was awarded 7 out of 47 awards at the 2018 ITAA conference this November in Cleveland, Ohio, including Student Best Paper Awards for Dr Saheli Goswami, 1st Place, Kim Johnson Best Doctoral Student Paper, 2nd Place, Sunhyung Cho; Master Level 1st Place, Dipali Modi.  Creative and Innovation Employment of Techniques Award to Dr. Jean Parsons, Professor, and Dr. Kristen Morris, Assistant Professor for “Afterglow: An equitably designed trench coat.” Research and Teaching Awards -- Intellect Books Research went to Dr. Kristen Morris, Lida Aflatoony (MU HES TAM) and Dr. Angela Uriyo at West Virginia University, and Sunhyung Cho, Iowa State University for “Development of tactile garment design strategies for women with visual impairments.” ATEXINC Award for Innovation in Textile Instruction awarded to Dr. Kristen Morris for “Teaching the next generation of technical designers about cotton performance technologies through a problem-based learning projects.” Paper of Distinction Textile and Apparel Industries Track went to Dr. Li Zhao, Assistant Professor (MU HES TAM) and Dr. Chao Min, Nanjing University, for “The rise of fashion informatics: Data-mining based social network analysis in fashion.” Congratulations to our students, faculty and alumni for these honors at ITAA.

Christina Wang accepting checkDr. Angela Uriyo, Dr. Kristen Morris, Lida Aflatoony, Sunhyung Cho - Intellect Books Research Award

Dr. Li Zhao accepting Paper of Distinction Award

Dr. Li Zhao accepting Best Paper Award Master Level for Dipali Modi

Dr. Kristen Morris accepting ATEXINC Award

Drs. Jean Parsons and Kristen Morris accepting Creative and Innovation Employment of Techniques Award

TAM 4998/7998: Experiential Learning in Textiles and Apparel (New York City Study Tour)

Students enrolled in this course will participate in a New York City study tour. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about textile and apparel businesses in the fashion capital of New York City AND earn 3 credit hours in a week. Students must have a junior/senior standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.7 or above (or instructor's approval), in order to participate.

Dates: Sunday May 19, 2019 - Saturday May 25, 2019

Application Deadline: Feb. 11, 2019 by 4 pm to Leona Nichols at 137 Stanley Hall. Contact Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire for more information.

Download flyer (PDF) and application (DOC)

students posing in New York City

Fashion Group International of St. Louis Annual Style and Scholarship Program

Posted: Sep. 14, 2018

The Fashion Group International of Saint Louis will award up to (3) $1000 scholarships to three select students at the November 27, 2018 Style and Scholarship Event. The scholarships will be awarded in each of the following areas:

  • Fashion Merchandising/Marketing/Management
  • Fashion Design or Costume Design
  • Global Fashion Industry Issues and/or Innovations

There are three qualifications for student applicants:

  • Students must be pursuing a fashion-related degree.
  • Materials/projects/garments must have been produced within the last two academic years.
  • Students must have at least one or more semesters of school to complete.
2018 Scholarship Time Line
Nov. 6, 2018 Student Application and Portfolio/Project must be received by FGI Scholarship Committee, electronically delivered by 11/6/2018 to:
Lynne Wasson
FGI Scholarship Committee Chair
Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts
Questions? 314 421-0949 Ext. 1406
Nov. 13, 2018 Scholarship recipient will be notified.
Nov. 27, 2018 FGI Style and Scholarship Event Student Recipient Presentations
Note: Recipient must be present to win.

Student Letter & Application   Scholarship Project Guidelines

Dr. Mestres Selected to UM System Advisor Development Program

Posted: Sep. 5, 2018

Jaime MestresCongratulations to Dr. Jaime Mestres on her selection to the inaugural cohort of the UM System Advisor Development Program (ADP). Dr. Mestres was chosen as on of only 20 advising and support staff from the entire UM System. Participants of the ADP program were selected based on their status as established members of the student support team on campus, and for their help in shaping the student experience. Since 2008, Dr. Mestres has been making a difference for Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) students. As an academic advisor, she counsels students academically regarding policies, campus resources, programs of study, class schedules, enrollment and other academic decisions. Further, Dr. Mestres counsels students in careers and assists with employer relations in addition to executing the annual TAM Career Fair. Dr. Mestres also teaches TAM courses in a variety of areas, including professional development, e-commerce, branding, retailing and consumer behavior. Her research interests include consumer behavior and marketing, as well as social/ cultural and historical development of the junior wear industry.

Prof. Kerri McBee-Black in the News

Posted: Jun. 12, 2018

TAM instructor, Professor Kerri McBee-Black, MS, was recently featured in Moneyish and ScienceDaily for her research on appropriate workplace attire for people with disabilities.

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Spring 2018 TAM Newsletter

Posted: May 9, 2018

See what's new at the MU Department of Textile and Apparel Management with the Spring 2018 Newsletter. Learn about studying abroad, the Visual Art & Design Showcase, the Fashion Scholarship Fund Competition, the "Fashion for All" Student Design Competition, and more!

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2018 "Fashion for All" Student Design Competition

Posted: Apr. 20, 2018

The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists held its 2nd annual AATCC and Runway of Dreams Foundation "Fashion For All" Student Design Competition. This year’s theme challenged students to design a clothing or accessory item that reimagines fashion and function for people who are seated/wheelchair users. The new item was required to enhance the everyday existence of the wearer and/or their caregiver. For her entry, Gilded. Andrea Bilgrien won 3rd Place and received a $1,000 scholarship from the Runway of Dreams Foundation.

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Andrea Bilgrien

Olivia Bleeker, TAM Senior...Paving the Path to Success

Posted: Mar. 26, 2018

If I had to choose one word to sum up my time in the College of HES the last four years, it would be fulfilling. When I came to college, my dream for after graduation was to work in the sustainable fashion industry. The Textile and Apparel Management department has done everything and more in order to help me accomplish this dream! Through classes, panels, presentations, and support, I feel so at home in the TAM Department, and this department truly laid the groundwork for me to have such an incredible undergrad experience here at Mizzou.

One of my biggest passions in life is traveling and experiencing new cultures, so I was happy to find that my passion was not only accepted but encouraged here at Mizzou. Because of opportunities that the College of HES provided, I have had amazing opportunities to spend six months studying abroad in a Mediterranean beach town in Spain (2016), work at a sustainable fashion company in Guatemala for three months (2017), and experience a behind-the-scenes look at New York Fashion Week (2018). Throughout all of these amazing experiences, I chronicled my adventures on my travel + fashion blog, A Drop in the Ocean. As I did so, I created connections with companies all around the world, which then opened doors to earn money, travel, and make countless friends all through my blog!

Not only did I form connections in an online platform, but I also made many close connections right here at Mizzou. These friendships with students, faculty, and staff alike provided me with so many deep relationships within the College, which only contributed to the small, family-like bond that I experienced during these four years at Mizzou. I truly think these connections are what created so many opportunities for me within the College. My junior year, I was selected as the HES Textile and Apparel Management Student Ambassador where I attended recruitment events and helped promote the College I love so much. Then, junior and senior year, I have been working in the HES Advancement and External Relations Office where I learned marketing, PR, and event planning skills as well as getting to work with the gracious alumni and donors for the College of HES.

As I now begin to prepare for graduation in May and start to plan what I will do after I graduate, I look back at the last four years with the best memories. Not only do I have nothing but amazing times to look back on, but I will close this chapter at Mizzou with several incredible mentors who have been there every step of the way during my college career.

My advice to any new students would be this…

  • Step outside your comfort zone.
  • Join a student org that you’re interested in.
  • Talk to your professors.
  • Befriend everyone. Don’t just stick to professors or students in your major – find friends all throughout the College.
  • Make your college experience yours. Even though you will graduate with the same major as your classmates, you can blaze your own trail and create a completely different experience!
  • When you’re walking down the halls of Gwynn and Stanley, talk to everyone. Smile and show others you’re a friendly, approachable person.
  • Do things that will set you up for success within HES and provide you with the opportunity for the best years of your life!

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FSF Scholarship Competition Winner!

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018

Congratulations to Apparel Marketing & Merchandising student Rylie Bryant, winner of a $5,000 scholarship in the 2018 Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) competition. Rylie was among 540 competitors who submitted case studies for the competition. In January, Rylie attended the FSF Scholarship Gala in New York city with award winners from across the country.

Here is what Rylie had to say about her experience: "Winning the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition, and attending the Awards Gala was both humbling and rewarding. The relationships that I built, the opportunities I was presented with, and the doors that were opened by being a YMA FSF recipient are invaluable.""

For more information about the 2019 competition, please go to: